Struggles to maintain his balance and lacks the kind of speed to make up for any kind of false step. Consistently is forced to turn his back toward the football and bail out of his drop in man coverage. Now, uses his length well to wrap up on an island at times, but isn't a real physical guy; he's more of a drag down tackler.
Impression: Possesses a good-sized frame, but simply lacks the balance, footwork and coordination to hold up in coverage at the next level."
Positive: Athletic defensive back with terrific size who is still learning the position. Shows an aggressive streak, works hard to get involved in the action and voluntarily defends the run. Mixes it up with receivers throughout the route, gets vertical and adjusts to defend passes. Displays a burst to the ball, can drive out of his plant and has the ability to quickly close to the action. Defeats blocks to make plays on the ball carrier and beats opposing receivers to defend the pass.
Negative: Very quick out of his backpedal and prefers to side shuffle. Does not track the ball well and loses positioning to opponents down the field. Late to react at times.
Analysis: Ross has shown terrific versatility the past three seasons and was a productive player on the small school level. He possesses the size and skills to get consideration as a dime back if he proves his worth on special teams."
Negatives: Lacks a lot of experience, only played two years of corner in college... Hips are a little stiff, needs to do a better job of turning and running in coverage... Will get beat on double moves, will likely improve on this with more experience at the position... Needs to add a little bulk, appears to be slightly thin for his height... Will struggle against quicker receivers in the NFL, not a prototypical slot defender."
2009 (SENIOR): Transitioned from wide receiver to cornerback in spring drills...appeared in all 13 games and made 12 starts...started the first seven games of the year before coming off the bench against Arizona State...ranked fourth on the team with 62 tackles...had two interceptions and eight pass breakups on the season...picked off a Matt Barkley pass in the fourth quarter against USC for a 43-yard touchdown...registered his second interception the following week against Cal...had five or more tackles in eight games, highlighted by a season-high eight-tackle effort in the Sun Bowl vs. Oklahoma...also had seven tackles against Wake Forest and Notre Dame...proved valuable in Stanford's return game...had 15 punt returns for 154 yards and one touchdown...had a 48-yard return for a touchdown against San Jose State on Sept. 19...also had a 59-yard return in the season opener at Washington State.
2008 (JUNIOR): Played in just four games (all starts) before a knee injury sidelined him for the remainder of the season...was granted a medical redshirt year...caught eight passes for 108 yards...started the first four games at wide receiver...caught one pass for 14 yards in the opener against Oregon State...hauled in three passes for 54 yards at Arizona State, including a 39-yard reception from Tavita Pritchard...had just one catch for seven yards at TCU in near hurricane-conditions...matched his season high with three catches for 33 yards in the win over San Jose State.
2007 (SOPHOMORE): Continued to blossom as one of the Pac-10's top young receivers...led the team in receiving yards (651) for the second straight season and also led the team in receiving touchdowns (4) and yards per catch (16.7)...finished 10th in the Pac-10 in receiving yards...ranked second on the team behind Mark Bradford with 39 receptions...also finished second on the team in all-purpose yardage, adding a 40-yard punt return to his receiving total...topped Stanford in receiving yardage six times during the season...had three 100-yard games, topped off by a four-catch, 112-yard effort with one touchdown against TCU...also turned in notable performances against UCLA (4-100-1 TD) and Arizona State (6-105)...tied his career-high with six receptions against Arizona State, at Arizona and vs. Oregon...was on the receiving end of a 70-yard touchdown pass from T.C. Ostrander in the fourth quarter vs. UCLA...play ranked as the longest pass reception of the season.
2006 (FRESHMAN): Made an immediate impact in his first season as a collegian...earned first team Pac-10 All-Freshman honors and honorable mention freshman All-American honors from The Sporting News...was also named the Menlo-Atherton Trophy winner as the team's most outstanding freshman...played in all 12 games and made five starts...led the team in catches (34), receiving yards (581) and tied for the team lead in both touchdowns (3) and touchdown receptions (3)...ranked second in yards per catch (17.1)...led or co-led the team in both catches and receiving yards seven times during the season...had 50 or more receiving yards six times during his rookie campaign...started the last four games of the season and averaged 101.5 yards per game during that stretch, catching 20 balls for 406 yards...was named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week following his performance against Washington when he caught six passes for 177 yards...included in the total was a 74-yard touchdown reception from T.C. Ostrander in the fourth quarter that extended Stanford's lead to 17-3...reception was the team's longest play from scrimmage in 2006.
TRACK AND FIELD: Two-year track letterwinner at Stanford...jumped a personal best of 50-0 in the triple jump in 2007, good for ninth place on the all-time Stanford career list...jumped a season-best 46-8 in the triple jump in the spring of `08...recorded a season-best 21-3 ½ in the long jump at the 2008 Stanford Invitational.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Graduated from Dominguez High School in Compton...was ranked among the best wide receiver prospects in the nation...PrepStar All-West selection and SuperPrep All-Far West pick...named to the Long Beach Press Telegram's Dream Team as one of the premier recruits in the West...also earned all-state, CIF Southern Section first team and All-San Gabriel Valley first team accolades as a senior...listed as the 50th-best recruit in the nation by SuperPrep...also ranked as the No. 6 athlete in California, the No. 8 wide receiver in the state and the No. 57 athlete in the country by SuperPrep...helped Dominguez to a CIF Southern Section Division III title with a 41-14 victory over Sherman Oaks-Notre Dame in the championship game...accounted for 1,030 all-purpose yards as a senior, including 870 yards on 28 catches and three punt returns for touchdowns...recorded 45 tackles, eight pass breakups and one interception as a defensive back...had 23 receptions for 415 yards and six touchdowns as a junior to earn first team all-league honors...also had four interceptions on defense...earned All-American honors in the triple jump and was the No. 7-ranked triple jumper in the state in 2005 with a personal best of 49-5 ¾...first team All-CIF and Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team selection in track as a senior...majoring in communications.
Strengths: A tall, athletic, smooth corner who transitioned from receiver just a couple years ago. Great size and long arms. Plays physical, as he likes to line up in press coverage and use his long arms to make it difficult for receivers to get off the LOS. Good, fluid athlete to flip his hips and run with receivers downfield. Has the speed to run right with them. Good awareness and great ball skills because of his size and leaping ability. Displays good balance downfield, can go up for the jump ball, and has the hands (as a former receiver) to come down with the ball. Is not afraid to stick his nose in and lay a hit on the ball carrier. Has the speed and pursuit to make tackles in the run game.
Weaknesses: Has only a couple years under his belt as a defensive back, having moved from receiver. He's still learning how to read routes. Struggles at times to use his hands to defeat blocks on the edge. Bites on play-action on double moves from time-to-time.
Projection: Third or fourth rounder. Sherman's combination of size, speed, and athleticism make him an intriguing prospect who'll be able to contribute immediately in nickel and dime packages on the outside and eventually develop into an adequate starter."